Michelle Bennett got to say goodbye to her mum over FaceTime before her mother died from coronavirus.
She didn’t think she’d be able to say goodbye to her mother before she died.
Like a lot of families across the United States right now, Bennett was told she couldn’t be in the same vicinity as her 75-year-old mother, Carolann Christine Gann, who had contracted coronavirus and was nearing the end of her life.
“Not being able to be there and hold my mom’s hand, rub her head, tell her the things I wanted to say to her. It was such a helpless feeling, I can just remember the days leading up feeling so frustrated and helpless and not being able to talk to her because she was not conscious during that time,” Bennett explained.
But a nurse at Swedish Issaquah hospital in Washington took it upon herself to make sure Bennett got to say her goodbyes. Bennett said the nurse called her from her personal cell phone and said her mother’s breathing was changing and she probably wouldn’t live much longer.
“I’m going to put the phone up to her face so you can tell her you love her and say your goodbyes,” Bennett says the nurse told her. “She will not be alone, we will stay with her till the end.”
Ten minutes later, Bennett says she was speaking to her ailing mother over FaceTime.
“I love you very much,” Bennett told her mother, adding the two had discussed recently the trials every mother-daughter relationship goes through and that she never got to tell her mother she forgave her.
“I forgive you mom, I love you. I know I didn’t get a chance to say it,” Bennett said. “Mom, it’s OK to pass on. It’s OK to go now.”
Within an hour, Bennett said she was gone.